“Contrary to received opinion a theory... is not normally rejected merely because it is falsified... falsifications and discovery of counter-examples and exceptions merely spur one on to greater ingenuity... in modifying the theory to accommodate the nuisance...”
Dear WM, You may be interested in the following thought-provoking passage commenting on the collegiality of some eminent historical scientists–Bruce Julian
"Unlike Fermat, Descartes gave the impression that he was often uninformed of what others had done before him; at least he only rarely mentioned the work of anybody else in his writings. And when he did, it was often in the most unpleasant manner one could imagine: at various times in his life he called his critics "two or three flies," "less than a rational animal," "a little dog," and "extremely contemptible." The actual works of others were often rejected in incredibly offensive language, e.g., as being fit only for use as "toilet paper" or, in the case of Fermat, as being "shit."–Paul J. Nahin"
Dear WM, I send you two working papers (Paper 1, Paper 2) that describe new types of information on poorly known trace elements and their variations along the Iceland-Reykjanes Ridge region. The interpretations have been challenging. The data are available on the EarthChem Library and PeTDB for anyone to use and/or further interpret. Please solicit comments on our papers on your Mantle Plume website.–Jean-Guy Schilling